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American English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/
British English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/

Translation of inch in Spanish:


  • pulgada (feminine) (2,54 centímetros)
    two inches of rain/snow
    dos pulgadas de lluvia/nieve
    cuatro dedos de lluvia/nieve [colloquial]
    his strength makes up for his lack of inches
    lo que no tiene en estatura lo compensa en fuerza
    I need to lose a few inches around the waist
    tengo que adelgazar un poco de cintura
    I was within an inch of getting that job
    estuve a un paso or en un tris de que me dieran el trabajo
    I've searched every inch of the house
    he buscado hasta en el último rincón de la casa
    inch by inch (with great attention to detail) the police searched the house inch by inch
    la policía registró la casa palmo a palmo
    (slowly) inch by inch the car slid into the river
    el coche se deslizó palmo a palmo en el río
    he looked every inch the English aristocrat
    de pies a cabeza parecía el típico aristócrata inglés
    she wouldn't budge or give an inch
    no cedió en lo más mínimo
    no cedió ni un ápice or milímetro
    give them an inch and they'll take a mile
    les das la mano y te toman el brazo
    les das la mano y te cogen el brazo (esp Spain)
    Example sentences
    • A meter is about three feet and three inches and a kilometer equals about six tenths of a mile.
    • Arriving there, Legrand noted one particular ledge about twelve inches wide and eighteen inches long, several feet below the top of the rock.
    • Progress can be slow; you measure it in inches and feet, not miles or kilograms.

intransitive verb

  • moverse lentamente or paso a paso
    to inch forward
    avanzar lentamente or paso a paso
    to inch out
    salir poco a poco
    Example sentences
    • As I sat on a bus today, inching along in traffic, it became clear to me that all buses should be free.
    • Stealthily, you inch along a narrow and foreboding corridor.
    • The light was inching along slowly, but it had almost finished its circuit.

transitive verb

  • to inch one's way
    avanzar lentamente
    we are inching our way toward a solution
    estamos avanzando lentamente hacia una solución
    Example sentences
    • Aleck tried to pull the ring off, by slowly inching it forward and twisting from side to side, but had no luck either.
    • They kept begging and pleading with him, but he kept relentlessly inching the vehicle forward.
    • Only the edge of her profile was visible, so I inched it forward to get a better view.
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